Linguistic framing of space and time
Majid et al. (2004)
- Know the difference between Relative, Intrinsic, and Absolute (a.k.a. Geocentric/Allocentric) frames of reference (FoR)
- Are the three FoRs mutually exclusive?
- What are some of the different strategies that cultures use in “parsing” FoRs?
- What was the point of rotating the subjects rotated when evaluating spatial cognition and FoRs?
- What is meant by “ecological determinism” and FoRs?
- Could some FoRs be easier to learn?
- Could experience using certain FoRs make someone a better navigator? Be able to speculate on how this might work.
Lost & Found Radiolab Podcast
- What was so strange about Sharon’s condition?
- What are “grid cells”/”place cells”?
- Why wouldn’t a simple magnetic sense help GI-Joe the pigeon find his way back?
- What consequences can we draw from the finding that a third of the world’s languages use absolute FoRs?
Boroditsky et al. (2010)
- What differences between English and Mandarin are the authors comparing?
- How is priming being used in the context of Boroditsky et al’s task?
- Is there overlap in how English and Mandarin speakers talk about time? Think about time?
- How might a culture’s writing system affect the way they organize time?